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Believe in “The Fantastic Four” if you want to market planned gifts the right way


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30 Marketing Planning Questions in 30 Minutes

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Think it’s possible to learn what you need to know now about nonprofit marketing planning in just 30 minutes? Register Now. Great!

Total Focus Marketing Plan Workshop Is Back!

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Here is what you’ll get when you attend: Expert navigation through the complete marketing plan creation process. Great!

No Virginia, Your To-Do List is NOT Your Marketing Plan: Marketing Budgets, Part 1

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The hands-down, most hated and most frequently-avoided marketing task is budgeting. That’s my marketing plan and what I use to create my budget.

Answers to 30 Vital Nonprofit Marketing Planning Questions, in 30 Minutes!

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How can we define marketing goals when the board just wants to “get our name out there?”. We need some help with creating an effective message.

You Say You Don’t Need a Marketing Plan?

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Marketing planning – real marketing planning –isn’t easy. That’s my marketing plan.&#. A to-do list is not your marketing plan. “No one here understands what nonprofit marketing is or why we need a plan.&#. Your job as a marketer is to educate.

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Taking Marketing Plan Workshop to Seattle and NYC

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Nancy Schwartz and I are taking the Total Focus Nonprofit Marketing Plan Workshop west this year, with a day in beautiful Seattle, Washington.

Proof Point #3: Top Hurdles to Marketing Impact

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Proof Points : Research findings to use when advocating for the marketing approaches you know are right. Then, get planning.

7 common major gift marketing mistakes you should avoid this year (including planned gift marketing)


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3 Steps to Meaningful Marketing Measures: Part 2

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Unfortunately, when we try to measure too many marketing measures, all we get is frustrated. Even for nonprofit communicators in large, well-staffed organizations, there’s rarely enough bandwidth to capture, analyze, share and use many marketing insights. Read Part 1 first. Metric mania! It’s all around us. Read Part 1 .

Be Consistent, Not Confusing with Multi-Channel Nonprofit Marketing

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So make the build happen with rigorously-monitored multi-channel marketing! This doesn’t mean you have to use every channel.

7 Questions For Your 2014 Marketing Plan

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With November almost half gone, there’s not much we can timely advise regarding your year-end marketing/fundraising program. So now let’s turn to planning for 2014. Here’s a planning checklist. For the next 90 days or so, it’s all about execution. That too is a process that should be well underway by now.

1 Week into 2017: Where are You Headed?

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This practical, doable marketing plan template takes you from goals to benchmarks, work plan, action, and impact! . Eeesh!

7 Solid Reasons Why You Should Kill Your Printed Planned Giving Newsletter


I know, I know… you love your planned giving newsletter. We need to blanket the prospects that have high-planned giving scores.

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Get a REAL Marketing Plan – Early Bird Rate Ends Friday

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Benchmarks for your marketing goals so you know if you are making progress or not. This is our last workshop together in 2011. Great!

9 simple pointers for writing better emails and letters to your donors


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3 Steps to Focused Productivity for Your Nonprofit Marketing

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Running a small nonprofit has never been easy, but there used to be few challenges that a larger marketing budget couldn’t solve.

What’s Your Burning Question on Nonprofit Marketing? Free Webinar – 30 Answers in 30 Minutes

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Think it’s possible to learn what you need to know now about nonprofit marketing planning in just 30 minutes? Eastern (Noon Pacific).

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2 marketing Jedi Masters tell us why fundraising IS marketing/selling


Fundraising IS marketing and selling. Yet some fundraisers think it’s different from other forms of marketing and sales when it isn’t.

Weave Your Nonprofit Marketing Loose Ends Into a Tight, Powerful Plan

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Weaving your loose ends together is a prerequisite to your nonprofit marketing success but remains, for so many of you, a stubborn barrier.

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How to Set Nonprofit Marketing Goals that Build Your Impact & Satisfaction

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Set the Big-Picture Marketing Goals that. They are the first crucial step towards an ambitious but fully-doable nonprofit marketing plan.

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What’s your fundraising asking style?


According to Brian Saber, “Your ‘Asking Style’ is based on your personality and unique set of strengths in fundraising.”

My Gift To You This Holiday Season


A lot of people have asked me, “Can you really achieve planned gift marketing success online ?” So grab a pen and a pad.

What to do about planned gift marketing when you don’t know what to do…


Planned giving is a new area for me. And now my new boss wants me to come up with an action plan for the next year. That’s too bad.

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Proof that planned gifts increase annual giving revenue


What he found was the following: The average annual gift among those studied increased by 75% ($3,171) after making a planned gift. Tweet this!

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9 Content Marketing Tips for Nonprofits

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John Haydon gave me a great challenge: Share 9 content marketing tips. Marketing bank for logos, photos, stories, etc.

Are Your Marketing Goals Easy to Reach Or A Stretch?

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Make your marketing goals realistic ; within your reach but go for the far end of your reach (push it as far as possible if you like double-dares).

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Want more planned gifts? Focus on why not how


There are a whole bunch of so-called “marketing companies” out there that say they help nonprofits get more planned gifts. Here’s the problem with this is: Planned gift websites don’t get much traffic (rendering them relatively useless). Check out our free webinar: How to Achieve Planned Giving Success Online.

Last Chance to Submit Questions on Marketing Planning

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The questions for our next free webinar, 30 Nonprofit Marketing Questions in 30 Minutes , are rolling in, but we still have space for a few more.

Essential Nonprofit Marketing Guidance: The Best of 2010

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Nonprofit Marketing Plan Template—Ready-to-Use. There’s More to Marketing than Social Media. Messaging Crisis for Nonprofits.

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Must-Do Marketing for Nonprofit Leaders – Free Webinar 12/6

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Join me for this free webinar (December 6, 1pm ET) to learn how to craft your 1-page marketing plan for 2012. Grab this opportunity now.

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The 7 biggest mistakes weak major gift officers make repeatedly


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Marketing Fundraising Events: The Ultimate Checklist

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Use these tips from Kerri Moore, Director of Marketing at Booster to get the word out. Secure plans with sponsors! Kerri Moore.

How NOT to write a letter to your supporter community


Here’s an old letter from my alma mater. Here’s why: It’s boring. It lacks emotion. It fails to tell a story. way too much).

Do you really need to buy a planned giving website?


You don’t need to buy a planned giving website. Full disclosure here… MarketSmart sells planned giving micro-sites. Never?

3 Steps to Funding Nonprofit Marketing

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More often than not, the lack of investment in nonprofit marketing is fueled by a lack of resources: financial and talent. Nonprofit agency directors are so busy serving people that they can’t find the time or money to invest in quality marketing and storytelling initiatives. To educate the community about an important cause.

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Here’s one great legacy giving promotion


You can find this along with its case study and many other great legacy gift marketing case studies here on SOFII’s website.

Ramp Up Your Marketing Budget to What You REALLY Need: Nonprofit Marketing Budgets, Part 2 (of 4)

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Dive into this second installment in my series to learn how to get what it takes to fund your nonprofit marketing plan.

4 reasons why you should spend less time telling donor stories and more time getting your supporters to tell you their life stories


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The Ultimate Planned Gift Marketing Strategy (4 simple steps)


Most planned giving marketing strategies are not effective. Planned gifts can (and do) come from just about anyone. Interest.